I’m looking forward to returning to Old Faithful In on August 25 and 26 to sign my book Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their TalesLook for me between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by the clock that tells the next time Old Faithful is expected to erupt.

I enjoy talking with anyone about early travel to Yellowstone Park, but conversations with young people, like the fellow in the photo above, are the best.

“Did you write this book?” he asks.

“I did,” I confess. Then I add, “It’s a collection of adventure stories about early travel to Yellowstone.”

“Are they true stories?” he asks.

“Well,” I answer, “They’re stories in the words of the people who lived the adventures, but sometimes people exaggerate when they tell about themselves.”  I like to put it that way so people will know I didn’t make up the stories, and I can’t guarantee that every word is true.

I sense that he’s losing interest, so I add, “It’s got great adventure stories like the time  a mountain man tangled with Blackfeet or when ‘Bird’ Calfee saved a man who fell into a geyser.

The boy brightens and turns on his heel to walk away.  “I’ll be be back,” he says over his shoulder. In a few minutes he returns with his mother—and more important her credit card—in tow.

I sign his book and add a note wishing him “Great adventures in Yellowstone.”  He leaves with a smile.

I’d love to chat with you next Saturday and Sunday at Old Faithful Inn. But if you can’t make it, remember you can buy Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales in gift shops all over the park. And it’s available at your favorite book store.  Amazon has both paperback and Kindle editions.

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— Photo by Tamara Miller.

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